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The annual meeting of the Dunedin branch of the Otago Educational Institute was held at the Normal School to-day. There was a fair attendance of members, and the chair was taken by Mr Rennie (president). ANNUAL REPORT. _ The annual report was submitted showing that eight meetings had been held during the year, the average attendances at which had been fifteen. This showed a falling off from the previous year’s average, which was twenty-one. The branch now numbers fortyeight members, or four less than in the previous year. Six papers were read during the session, and all elicited discussion and criticism. After stating the various resolutions that were carried during the session, the report intimated that the amount of LlO 12s Id stood at the credit of the branch. The report was adopted nem, con, SCHOOL EXAMINATIONS.

The Chairman asked Mr Fitzgerald to report the result of the meeting of headmasters that it had been at last meeting resolved to hold to consider the question of the time for holding the examinations of schools, Mr Fitzgerald said that he duly called tho meeting of head masters in Dunedin and the neighborhood, and the gathering was a fairly representative one. A warm discussion took place, but he found that opinibns were so divided on the question that he had no recommendation to make to the Education Board or the inspectors. He therefore took no further steps in the matter, which simply dropped. The Chairman remarked that some of the examinations, at any rate, had been taking place sooner than usual. Mr Fitzgerald said he wished to state that the inspectors had informed him they did not intend resuming the examinations for two or three weeks after the holidays, so that those schools that had not yet been examined would have two or three weeks’ work done before they would be examined. That, he thought, would be satisfactory^ The Chairman said that Mr M’Nicoll and he, as representing the Committee of Management, had waited on Mr Pryde, the Board’s secretary, this morning, and he had confirmed the intimation of the Inspectors. DRAWING. The Chairman asked Mr White to report as to what had been done in connection with tho motion passed at last meeting with reference to drawing. Mr White said that after consideration of the matter he had thought it better that the protest should come from the whole of the teachers in the colony—that was to say, from the Now Zealand Institule—instead of from this branch alone. He therefore communicated with the secretary to the Institute in order to obtain his signature also, and then telegraphed to the Minister for Education (Sir H. Atkinson) to the effect that tho teachers of the colony were desirous of fulfilling the standard requirements with respect to the teaching of drawing, but found a difficulty in doing so this year. As drawing had now for tho first time been made a pass subject in the Fourth Standard, they thought that if the requirements wore strictly observed it would seriously affect the results of the examinations, He also drew the attention of the Minister to the communication that it was resolved at the meeting of the Council of the Institute, held at Wellington in January last, to forward to the Minister. In reply Sir Harry bad telegraphed to him that no documents could be found in his office showing that any communication had been received from the Council, and asked him (the speaker) to forward him a full statement of the case. That he was now engaged in preparing, and hoped to be able to get it off during next week. The Minister had also pointed out that several of the examinations were new over. He (the speaker) was sorry that no communication had been sent by the Council to the Minister, and he could not understand why none had been sent in accordance with the resolution passed by the meeting. Possibly a verbal discussion only took place with the Minister, and thus no official record was preserved. LADY MEMBERS. The Chairman said that at a meeting of the Committee of Management, held on March 16, it was resolved to make_ the following recommendation:—“ That with a view’ of increasing the membership the annual subscription for ladies be reduced to 2s fid.” He v/ould now move in that direction.

Mr Jeffrey seconded tbe motion, which was carried nem. con. delegates’ expenses.

The Chairman said that the following motion also was sent down by the Committee “That a special fund for the payment of delegates’ expenses be established, such fund to be made up as follows : Is per member from the general fund, an additional subscription of 2s 6d per member, and the net proceeds of the annual conversazione.” It was resalved to simply receive the communication, it being considered unsatisfactory to arrange matters beforehand. Mr Fitzgerald moved—“Thatthe branch hand over to the fund half its present balance, or say the sum of L 5 65.” Mr M'Nicoll seconded the motion. Mr White moved as an amendment that the words “on condition that the other branches also pay over half their balances to the fund.” Mr Pirie seconded the amendment, which was lost by 8 to 2, and the motion was then carried. election of officers, Mr G. H. Smith (George street) was elected president for the current year, and Mr Pirie was re-elected secretary and treasurer. On the motion of Mr White, it was resolved to postpone the election of representatives of the branch on the General Committee of Management till after tbe annual meeting of the Institute. complimentary. On the motion of Mr M'Nicoll hearty votes of thanks to last year’s office-bearers were passed.

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